4 to 12 Daycruises on the Irawaddy & Chindwin rivers | Aboard: MV Road to Mandalay
Departures: 4-8 day cruises weekly sailings from Jan-Mar and Oct-Dec (11 night on request)
Prices: Per person twin share from: 11 nights $4,200; 7 nights $3,350; 4 nights $2,670; 3 nights $2,500
The MV Road to Mandalay (refurbished 2008} has 18 state, 16 deluxe and 4 superior air conditioned cabins with en suite bathrooms on 2 decks.On board facilities include the top observation deck with pool, bar and sun deck area, the restaurant on the main deck with in and out door seating, lounge with piano bar, library, boutique and a wellbeing and fitness area with resident doctor.
Experience the enchanting sights, scents and sounds of the Ayeyarwady River with 3 to 7 night cruises between Bagan and Mandalay visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way, while the 11 night up river journeys on its great tributary, the Chindwin, will take you to places visitors rarely see as you traverse the 3 gorges to Bahmo. On board activities feature expert lectures on the culture and people of Myanmar, after dinner entertainment by local artists such as Chin dancers and intricate hand puppetry shows.
All meals while on board with full breakfasts and extensive buffet-style lunches served on the observation deck or restaurant. Dinners in the restaurant offer a choice of succulent dishes to cater to all tastes including Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian and European specialities. Carefully selected wines are available for purchase to complement your meal.
4 to 8 Day Itineraries
4 Day Itinerary
●● Visit Sagaing Hills for panoramic views.
●● Guided tour of the key sights of Mandalay.
●● Walking tour of Shwe Kyet Yet Village.
●● Historic site of Ava for horse-drawn cart tour.
●● Guided tour of Bagan where over 2,000 temples and pagodas are scattered beside the river. At leisure by bicycle or horse-drawn cart.
5 Day Itinerary as per above plus…
●● Cookery demonstration with the chef.
●● Tour of Mingun, home to the enormous, ruined pagoda of King Bodawpaya.
8 Day Itinerary as per above plus…
●● Take a guided tour of Bagan and watch the sunset over a field of thousands of pagodas.
●● A full day’s excursion to Maymyo, a colonial hill station set high in the mountains. A typical Shan lunch is taken at a colonial house.
●● Excursion to Mount Popa, a national park
11 Day Itinerary
●● Visit Mingun and the world’s largest brick-built pagoda and uncracked bell.
●● Anchor off Nwe Nyein for a walking tour, and see traditional clay pot sculpting.
●● Sail past the picturesque island pagoda of Thihadaw
●● Visit the village of Kyan Hnyat.
●● Visit Katha by trishaw and take in the market made famous by George Orwell in Burmese Days.
●● Go ashore to the port of Shwegu and beyond to experience life in a typical riverside Shan village. Travel green clad mountains and logging camps and the old colonial village of Zinbon.
●● Visit Bhamo town centre
●● Tour of picturesque Shwe Paw Island and its ancient pagodas.
●● Visit the riverside village of Moe Dar where you’ll witness a traditional noviciation ceremony.
●● Board a train to the forest station of Naba and journey into the thick Kachin jungle and teak forest. Visit Thabeikkyin. A winding road will lead you past a lush forestry reserve to Mogok, where you’ll meet elephants working in the teak forests.
●● Tour Mandalay and the quaint village of Shwe Kyet Yet and enjoy a tribal dance performance
●● Enjoy the sunset over the Bagan plain and enjoy a magical performance by traditional Bagan artists
●● Join a tour of Mount Popa – the legendary home of animist spirits known as Nats.
●● All meals while on board with complimentary beer and soft drinks.
●● Transfers to/from vessel on arrival and departure
●● Wines and spirits (available for purchase)
●● Gratuities and personal expenses
Price per person twin share | Based on lead in cabin rising in price according to cabin level and season